“The Man They Wanted Me to Be: Toxic Masculinity and a Crisis of Our Own Making”
Can you imagine the reaction from the campus left if you wanted to offer a similar course about women?
The College Fix reports:
College offers course on ‘Rhetoric of Toxic Masculinity’
Rhode Island College is offering a course in toxic masculinity this upcoming semester, billed as a way to educate students about “better and saner versions of masculinity.”
Offered as part of the college’s first-year seminar, “The Rhetoric of Toxic Masculinity” aims to combat what it describes as a negative “outcome” in the male psyche, including concepts such as habitually suppressing fear or sadness, maintaining an appearance of stoicism, and the idea that “violence signifies power,” its description states.
The textbook for the course is titled “The Man They Wanted Me to Be: Toxic Masculinity and a Crisis of Our Own Making” by Jared Yates Sexton.
The book’s description calls it a “cultural analysis of the historical, psychological, and sociological sources that make up the roots of toxic masculinity.”
Sexton previously penned an op-ed for the New York Times regarding Donald Trump’s connection to toxic masculinity, referencing what he describes as the former president’s “macho-isms, his penchant for dividing the world into losers and winners, his lack of empathy for anyone but himself.”
Rhode Island College’s course description indicates agreement with the spirit of Sexton’s sentiment, saying that the “fact that Trump was able to get elected and that he maintains support especially among white men is a sign of the health and endurance of toxic masculinity.”
However, Trump likely won’t be receiving the same focus this semester.
Course instructor and RIC English Professor Michael Michaud told The College Fix that the course last semester “started just weeks after the Jan 6 riots. Talking about Trump in that context seemed very timely and relevant … he is no longer in the spotlight the way he was.”
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